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Thunderridge High School

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Posted April 13, 2014

Thunderidge was a really bad experience for us, our son has learning disabilities and is on an IEP and while there were some good teachers here and there I felt it was not a good school. The worst thing was the lack of good communication with the parents and students. it made everything harder. There was also very troubling lack of safety and responsibility with some staff and administration. Not a good experience and glad it is behind us now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

My daughter is a senior and has recieved an excellent education. I do believe that if a child too is applying themselves they can achieve. She has been enrolled in the honors program and is leaving the school with a waited gpa of 4.4 and unwaited of 3.9. Because of her education and her own ability she was accepted to Colorado College, the "Stanford of Colorado." I will add that the voucher program may have a negative effect on money availab le to bring in good teachers and would encourage most districts not to award individuals tax money for families chosing private schools over public k-12.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

We have two students here and a third coming up the ranks in a couple of years. The teachers we have come in contact with have all been very helpful and willing to work with our kids. The environment sets students on the path to self reliance and independence. Most of a student's success here is really dependent on how hard they're willing to work. There are some terrific teachers, but not enough. The online registration is easy, especially if you involve a counselor in choosing your classes. However, schedule changes are and always have been extremely difficult. I've heard of my student waiting in the line at the school for 30-40 minutes just to get one class replaced. Parents need to step it up and get more involved in the volunteer opportunities available. They also need to check the Parent Portal to stay informed about how their child(ren) is performing in their classes. Whether or not your student is athletic, it is important for them to be involved in some sort of extra curricular activity because they generally have great atmospheres (the coaches/teachers want your child to succeed) and give the kids a chance to explore their interests outside of academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

The principle at ThunderRidge is great! Unfortunately, every other aspect of the school is not. As many people have said, if you're an athlete, you will have a good time here. Most of the teachers love sports and double as coaches. Some even pick favorites and have more pictures of the sport they coach on the walls than math or history posters. I will be a senior next year and continue to be an outcast "band nerd." It might hurt my grade, but it's what I love. Also, ThunderRidge isn't good at preventing bullying. If your child is teased a lot, for anything, don't put them through the pain of this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2010

If your child struggles academically, this school will not assist the student, my child was on an ILP and doing well in middle school, TRHS and the county decided to remove his ILP, he now is doing poorly, not getting assistance and I have repeatedly met with teachers and administration, his CSAP scores are now Unsat, they don't care about the students that struggle. This school focuses on those going on to 4 year degree schools, no programs for any type of blue collar types of classes, it is sad that a district that is so rich cannot see the benefit in having more types of classes for those that don't want to be in business or engineering or play sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

ThunderRidge Highschool is at the cutting edge of 21st century learning, with an emphasis on critical thinking skills and helping students find relevance in what they are learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2010

They are really up tight about everything, and even though they say everything is for the kids, their code of conduct ex spells kids for the stupidest things, then leaves their parents to figure it out. There is a lack of parent involvement, so many kids maybe getting bad grades without parents knowing. Teachers are great though, but student:teacher ratio is skyrocketing, while the administration makes a lot of money and the superintendent of the school district gets a 250,000 dollar pay check.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2010

If your child is very athletic or an excpetional student, they will do well here - if not they will be forced out. When we first moved here, I supplied copies of my sons previous IEP's as well as requested a review. We didn't recieve a meeting with the staff until school was in session for nearly two months and then I found out that none of his teachers had been informed that he had an IEP in place. Rather then spend time coming up with a plan for success, the assistant priciple spent the entire meeting discussing what a 'bad' child he was and how he needed to look at alternatives (i.e. drop out and do his GED) because he was convinced he would never be successful. Shame on you Thunderridge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Good school, some outstanding teachers but the Administration lacks the desire to provide students with a positive and motivating environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

Great school. Lots of experiences and good teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2008

I'm now a senior at Thunderridge and have thoroughly enjoyed my four years here. Most of the teachers here are fantastic and give you the feeling that they really care about your success. I have to disagree with one persons review of the school which said that there aren't enough resources for college explorations because there are a ton. They have multiple college visits every week which you can sign up for and you can always visit Mrs. Kelling who is there just to help with college. I'm also tired of hearing people complain that athletes get special treatment. I've played sports every year here and haven't recieved anymore help with anything than my friends who don't play sports so I'd like to know where to sign up to get this extra special athlete treatment. My only complaint is that some of the admins are clearly on a power trip.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2008

I just graduated from ThunderRidge and my first 2 years there were great. I played sports and had lots of friends. However, I found that after I quit playing sports, I kind of became a nobody. There was no more interacting with coaches and so I was kind of ignored by most of my peers and teachers because I didn't play anymore and so I didn't get the recognition. I slipped under the radar basically and suffered. They did not give me any information I needed for my college explorations. Every other student was signed up for a junior and senior meeting, I never got one. Great school and academics, not much discipline and too much athletics and not enough attention to the students in band and who spend their time getting 4.0. To get real attention and help, you need to be an athlete. Also, lack of discipline of students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

This school has a place for every student to learn. It also has excellent athletic programs and a large variety of clubs/activities for students to join.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2008

I think ThunderRidge has the total package. It has great academics and great sports. Everyone is very supportive of all the sports and other clubs. It is a very fun environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2008

I have only been in this area for 2 years. This school myabe be great with it's education however, there is a severe lack of educating our children respect for others and how to conduct themselves. I think it is a disgrace how the princpal and staff of this school allow the students to harrasss other students and call them names, basically bullying. This happens at all sporting events and I have never experienced this before. Being a teacher myself, my students were always told the Code of Conduct. Have you not learned anything from the past. I truly think that the entire staff needs take a senistivity course as many cooperations have their employees take. Shame on Thunderidge. Parents you should look into how many students are taken out of the school and why!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

I love Thunderridge. They have a closed campus which means my high schooler has to be signed in and out while my elementary schooler doesn't. The feeder schools and the high school work together to ensure students are prepared to go to college. Thunderridge is expecting their students to go on to college which I do too. My high school didn't seem to expect that and that makes a big difference in their academic program. The senior project I have yet to figure out the value added there, but it is more work and stress for the Seniors. So, Thunderridge is not just a sports school. They are a serious academic environment as well. We are very pleased and thankful our kids are going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Academics at TRHS are fine, but there's way too much emphasis given to the sports programs. There are other activities that could use some support from the principal, such as Performing Arts. High school is not all about sports, contrary to popular belief.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

The academics at thunderridge are not so hot, but the environment rocks!! sports are all that trhs focuses on, but that is what makes it so fun, the academics arent awful, but they could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2004

Our son received a terrific education from some fabulous, caring teachers who were led by a tremendous principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female58%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial95%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Writing

All Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female49%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian89%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial84%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students66%
Female75%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian78%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

94%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 56%
Hispanic 12% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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